Another action is required to move the ABA program forward!
Your efforts, along with other advocates and providers, pushed the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to take a small step forward in implementing the Medicaid ABA benefit!
HHSC has sent a letter asking the Governor’s office and the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to approve funding for the program. HHSC also included proposed rates for provider reimbursement and set a date for the program to start (if funded) for March 1st of 2021 – a year later than was proposed in December of 2019.
Now we need a second push!
Please contact the Governor’s office, House and Senate Leadership, and the member of LBB listed below and tell them:
- Approve funding for the $7.9 million dollar General Revenue request for intensive intervention behavior services for the remainder of the 2020-21 biennium
It’s also important to remind decision-makers that HHSC must:
- Set “reasonable provider reimbursement rates” to ensure that all children who qualify for the benefit will receive services
- Don’t predetermine and limit services by age – allocate supports according to medical necessity
- Keep other autism services like the Children’s Autism Program separate as the other programs provide a unique set of critical supports and services
Please call or email these offices:
|Governor’s Office||(512) email@example.com|
|Lt. Governor – Dan Patrick||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Speaker of the House – Dennis Bonnen||(512) email@example.com|
|Senator Jane Nelson||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senator Kelly Hancock||(512) email@example.com|
|Senator Larry Taylor||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senator Joan Huffman||(512) email@example.com|
|Representative Giovanni Capriglione||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Representative Oscar Longoria||(512) email@example.com|
|Representative Dustin Burrows||(512) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Representative Mary Gonzalez||(512) email@example.com|
As a reference, below are the information sheets on the Medicaid ABA Benefit, the Children’s Autism Program, and What is ABA? from our first Medicaid/ABA alert.
|Implement Rider 32 – Medicaid ABA Benefit!||Children’s Autism Program (CAP) One-Page Information Sheet||What is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy? IBI vs. ABA, and Rider 32|